Chicago Cubs News: Cubs FO; Zobrist on the decline?

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The Chicago Cubs front office has stumbled a little bit along the way. But overall, they’re in a league of their own. And is Ben Zobrist on the decline? Will that open up opportunities for the younger players?

When the Chicago Cubs brought in Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, it was at the beginning of a long process. The farm system was barren. The talent on the major league team was aging fast, and the Cubs didn’t have what it took to compete year in, year out. Six years later and the Cubs have won the World Series while playing in three-straight NLCS. It’s a combination of the front office, the ownership, and a city that was ready to win for a long time.

The Cubs’ Ben Zobrist may very well be on the decline. He’s going to be 37 this season, and injuries have started to pile up. Does it mean he can’t be effective? Not at all. But it could be time for the veteran to fall back more into a utility role–again–while the younger players get their chance. Whether you feel like Zobrist is on the decline or isn’t, his mentality is right along the lines it needs to be.

The Cubs’ Jon Lester will open up the season for them against the Miami Marlins. Lester needs to look to the match-up’s to get off to a fast start this season. After the Marlins, Lester will face the Cincinnati Reds. Another team in the middle of a rebuild. A couple of quick wins to start and Lester could get into a groove early on. He’s not ready to pass the torch just yet. And there’s no reason to feel like he has to.

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